@Wewood – I suspect several players won’t be available for selection because they can’t make the fitness standards after covid – particularly in the case of defenders.
I also think that Karaka, Johnson and Ekenasio will have problems if they were intending to take their children. I know Karaka indicated she would have to take Pama as Pat will be most certainly on All Blacks duty. Children are not allowed in the village, I can’t see an exemption being made for their parents to live away from the rest of the team for the competitions duration.
Earle hasn’t done anything outstanding this season – certainly nothing to push her selection over any of the other potential C’s.
GA is going to be problematic along with C. I can’t think of any consistent GA performances week after week this season.